June 28, 2015 Subject:
This SBD is Much Better Than I Realized.
Every once in a while I have to do a mia culpa on SBDs. Typically, I'm from Missouri when confronted with one. So when I listened to this one tonight, I have to say I may have been wrong in choosing the audience version years ago. This board is soft and mellow with Bobby's voice not overpowering the instruments. His voice is up front on this board no doubt, but he is in very good voice and it isn't hot and obnoxious which is always a turn-off for me. I also would have liked Jerry's guitar a little more prominent on this copy but, I have no serious complaints overall. After having the audience copy for a number of years, I'm switching to the board, which I rarely do.
January 8, 2015 Subject:
It's better than the last night, but it's hardly amazing. Last night wasn't much.
November 25, 2008 Subject:
Amazing even though Jerry didn't sing!
I was approximately 5th row center for this show. It maybe was a bit of an exaggeration on Phil's part as he said just before the encore "If every place we played was like this we'd live here". But obviously they had fun, despite Jerry's continuing illness! Perhaps, because they apparently hadn't ever before played on Bill Graham's Birthday?
Almost any show at the Golden Hall was good, yet I missed the night before but I saw all the other shows there except for 1970. Despite Jerry's laryngitis he sure made up for it on his 'Wolf" guitar and Phil had the bass with the 10 buttons! It was kind of short because it was only Bob tunes but it was smokin'! Incidentally, Bill Graham apparently hated that name "Uncle Bobo" but it stuck for a while anyway! (By the way, please see my review of 1993/1/24 for an explanation about playing in January which was rare and after this almost never)!